Dec 3, 2012 10:00am PST
questions about the fight over the fiscal cliff and whether some media outlets are playing favorites. obama tries new negotiation tack. not giving in. the headline in the baltimore business journal screams obama's fiscal cliff offer spurned by republicans. obama takes hard line on debt. which might be news to some people in the parenthetical. tony is a political correspondent and mark hannah is a former aide to the john kerry and barack obama presidential campaigns. some of the media tries to short form the story and comes up with a headline that can be barbed easily. this is suggested by a cable anchor who suggested the media has been arrogant since barack obama won in covering him and in covering in particular this fiscal cliff. tony, your thoughts. >> it could only be an msnbc anchor to take this long to figure out. there have been some media, the financial times which endorsed the president has called the president's bluff on this plan. they say this is the same proposal he put in front of congress that received zero votes a year ago, not even one democratic vote. but what the media has been doing is buying into this story line that president obama has some sort of mandate t
Dec 7, 2012 10:00am PST
fiscal cliff. but as you look deeper into these numbers and the questions they were asking, a lot of people respond saying they feel like taxes are going up count road and that made them nervous about the economy. so they understand no matter how this shakes out. there is something coming down the road that's going to have a stalling effect on the economy and we are looking at so many people out of work. we are talking about the unemployment number. that doesn't even catch the number we are talking about. all the people out there who are unemployed. plus all the people working part time and wish they had more work because they need more money. that's 23 million people are totally unemployed or need to work more to make ends meet. that's a big reason why we are seeing confidence fall. alisyn: do you think the days after a presidential election are normally filled with promise, the promise of better days ahead. there is a high from election? but this with the consumer confidence plunging how do you make sense of it so soon after the elections? >> it was a miserable election. wasn't it.